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Prosecution pressured to detain Yoo’s driver

The prosecution interrogated the late Yoo Byung-eun’s chauffeur Yang Hoi-jeong for the third consecutive day, looking for clues pertaining to the tycoon’s death.While Yang was again summoned to the Incheon District Prosecutors’ Office on Thursday on charges of sheltering Yoo, or engagin...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:12

Korea to punish lax personal data protection

South Korea plans to strengthen personal information security by implementing stricter punishments for companies that fail to protect customer data while providing incentives to invest in battling cyberattacks, officials said Thursday.A pangovernment task force unveiled the plan to enhance...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:10

Staying safe in the water

Swimming pools and beaches mean summer fun for children, but not taking the proper precautions could be serious or life-threatening.The Health Ministry last week issued water safety guidelines to the ...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:06

Police to look into false Internet rumors about Sewol owner's death

Police said Thursday they will investigate false Internet rumors about the death of a business tycoon who owned the Sewol ferry that sank in southern waters in April. The state forensic lab has confirmed that a body found on June 12 at a plum farm on the south coast is that of Yoo Byung-eu...

Updated : 2014.07.31 17:29

NPAD raises doubt over Yoo’s body

Opposition lawmakers visited the state-run forensics service Wednesday to inspect the identification process of the recently discovered body of Yoo Byung-eun, the fugitive owner of sunken ferry Sewol....

Updated : 2014.07.30 22:34

Son’s DNA test reconfirms Yoo’s death

Investigators on Wednesday reconfirmed the dead body found on June 12 by a farmer in a South Jeolla Province city is that of Yoo Byung-eun via a fresh DNA comparison amid continuous doubts cast by critics over the corpse’s authenticity.The National Forensic Service conducted a test on DNA...

Updated : 2014.07.30 22:30

Ferry owner’s ex-chauffeur fans speculations

Yang Hoe-jeong, the former chauffeur of the deceased Yoo Byung-eun, raised questions about the death of the de facto owner of the sunken ferry Sewol, sparking a whirlwind of speculations. During an in...

Updated : 2014.07.30 22:30

Warrant sought for Coast Guard official for document forgery

The captain of a Coast Guard patrol boat who was arrested on Tuesday was found to have fabricated a public report on the April 16 Sewol ferry sinking, prosecutors said Wednesday.According to the Gwangju District Prosecutors’ Office, his earlier statement that “the Coast Guard patrol had ...

Updated : 2014.07.30 22:30

Ministry exposes marriage agency violations

More than 100 illegal activities by marriage agencies have been uncovered by the Gender Ministry, its officials announced on Wednesday.During an investigation from May 20 to June 30, the ministry discovered 110 violations, including providing insufficient information about the clients’ po...

Updated : 2014.07.30 21:32

‘Koreans not ready for multiculturalism’

South Korea is quickly turning into a multicultural society with a growing number of biracial children, but the majority of Koreans are “not ready” for ethnic diversity, according to scholars and ex...

Updated : 2014.07.30 21:31

Robot fish project found to be failure: state auditor

A government project to check the water quality of the nation’s four refurbished rivers by using robotic fish has failed to meet its goal as the devices did not function properly, the state auditor said Wednesday.The former Lee Myung-bak administration launched controversial multibillion ...

Updated : 2014.07.30 21:31

Yoo probe restarts from square one

The police said it would reinvestigate the cause of runaway Yoo Byung-eun’s death from square one as fresh allegations have been raised, even after the state forensic agency’s autopsy on the 73-year...

Updated : 2014.07.29 21:08

Migrant workers can receive severance pay only after departure

Migrant workers must now wait until they leave the country to receive severance pay. Migrant workers must leave the country when their visas expire, and according to law since 2011, South Korean employers have been obliged to pay their severance before their departure.The government introd...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:56

College admissions for Danwon students draw fire

A recently proposed bill that will grant special college admission to students at Danwon High School ― which saw over 200 of its students perish in the deadly ferry accident in April ― is sparking criticism in education circles.The bill, currently pending at the National Assembly, will a...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:56

Disclosure of info of sex offenders ‘constitutional’

Revealing the personal information of a person convicted of sexual harassment does not violate his or her basic constitutional rights, Korea’s Constitutional Court said Tuesday.The court struck down a lawsuit filed by two people who claimed that a clause which states that providing person...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:52